Sunday, April 19
“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”
Ps 101:3 NKJV
WHAT ARE YOUR CHILDREN WATCHING?
Today over half of all children between the ages of nine and seventeen have Internet cable or satellite television hook-ups in their bedrooms. The old image of the family gathered around a single TV set in the living room is almost nonexistent. Instead, the kids are off by themselves where they can choose anything they want to see. Indeed, they don’t even have to be in their bedroom, because now they can access it all on a hand-held device like an Android and an iPhone. One prominent social researcher put it this way: “Almost everything children are seeing is essentially going into their minds in some sort of uncensored or unfiltered way.” Under the “freedom of expression” rule, the government and the courts permit cable and Internet to peddle explicit sex, violence, nudity, and profanity to your children and your grandchildren. Are you concerned? You should be! Why do sheep need a shepherd? For the same reason children need loving and observant parents—wolves! And your ignorance of technology is no defense! Because you weren’t exposed to these evils growing up doesn’t guarantee that your children won’t get hooked on them. Many parents don’t even take the time to know what their children are watching! Don’t be one of them. After his disastrous affair with Bathsheba and the heartache and havoc it brought to his family, David said, “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes” (vv. 2-3 NKJV). Parents, what are your children watching?
Monday, April 20
“If you have faith and do not doubt.”
Mt 21:21 NIV
HOW TO OVERCOME DOUBT
Doubt is a doorway through which Satan enters your life. It causes the “fight of faith” to become the “flight of faith.” When fear, confusion, discouragement, and despair take up residence within you, they rob you of confidence, joy, and peace. But isn’t doubting just human? Sure, and it’s also Satan’s ploy! “Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given” (1Jn 5:10 NIV). Your doubts reveal a lack of confidence in what God says. So how can you stop doubting? The same way you deal with other sin—by acknowledging you have a problem and doing something about it. Doubt cannot be conquered by reason or even resistance; it will only submit to complete relinquishment. Trying to overcome your doubts one by one is like an alcoholic trying to reduce his or her alcohol intake one drink at a time. It doesn’t work. The solution is two-fold. (1) It begins with a once-for-all decision. It calls for a total relinquishing of your right to doubt anything God promised. It’s saying. “From now on, I will not doubt God!” It’s believing that when you surrender a thing to Him, He takes it and deals with it. (2) By faith declare, “Lord, I absolutely trust Your every Word!” Will doubt come knocking again to your door? Yes, but instead of letting it in, “[take] the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Eph 6:16). Don’t fret, wrestle, or reason with your doubts. Instead, repeat your Scriptural declaration of faith, disregard your feelings, and trust God to do what He says.